Erdogan holds talks in Serbia as Turkey hikes Balkan clout

Footage has emerged appearing to show Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan falling asleep during a live news conference

Footage has emerged appearing to show Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan falling asleep during a live news conference

The president of Turkey said his country considers the issue of Crimea to be very important and sensitive.

"We do not see him (Bass) as the representative of the United States in Turkey", he said at a news conference with President Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade.

On Sunday, the U.S. Embassy in Ankara announced it had suspended non-immigrant visa services at all diplomatic facilities in Turkey.

This week, Turkish authorities arrested a U.S. Consulate employee of Turkish nationality for alleged links to the network of U.S. -based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who the Turkish government blames for last summer's failed coup.

Erdogan said that "a lot of work" had to be done to achieve this goal, in particular, it was necessary to reach the final stage of the signing of the free trade agreement and switch to its practical implementation.

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"At a time when global and regional tensions are escalating, we are not going to leave common sense behind", he added.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday stepped up one of the worst rows in decades between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies by saying Turkey no longer regarded ambassador John Bass as the USA representative in the country.

But the State Department said that Bass had been operating with the full authority of the USA government.

The spat between the two countries was ignited by the recent arrest of Metin Topuz, a U.S. consulate worker in Istanbul who was accused of suspected links to Fethullah Gulen, who is a Pennsylvania-based cleric blacklisted by Ankara for orchestrating last year's failed coup in Turkey.

"Sandzak is one of the bridges that connect us", Erdogan said in a speech translated from Turkish into Serbian and aired on Serbian state TV. Gulen denies any involvement.

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